KnowThyNeighbor received a telephone call from former Catholic Citizenship Director Larry Cirignano, last evening to tell me that late Friday afternoon, Shari Worthington officially pulled the papers ending her criminal complaint which accused Sarah Loy of "Disturbing a Lawful Assembly." By Cirignano's account, Worthington did this as an act of good grace on her way to bringing her teenage daughter to Children's Hospital for a serious back problem.
Cirignano as you will remember was recently aquitted by jury on charges of assault and battery against Sarah Loy which allegedly occurred at the Massachusetts Family Institute "Rally For Democracy" last December in Worcester. Cirignano was also charged with a "Civil Rights Violation" as Loy was carrying a marriage equality sign at the rally, but that charge was dropped at the beginning of the trial this month.
Larry Cirignano called me in hopes that I would be able to contact Sarah Loy and tell her that not only were the charges dropped, but that in his words, "It's over, and it is time to move on."
There will be a time for healing in Massachusetts, but it is not for me to suggest to you that this is the time. The LGBT Community went through too much at the hands of The Catholic Church, The Massachusetts Family Institute, Vote On Marriage and MassResistance for us to "forgive and forget" in such a blind way. Even Shari Worthington's criminal complaint against Sarah Loy, in my opinion, speaks more to intimidation and her recent "retraction of charges" to political and social opportunism than Christian Altruism. I will leave it up to Sarah Loy to forgive and forget if she chooses.
Larry Cirignano called me a second time last night to ask me for another favor. That was to include (in my blog or prayer circle ??!!) a prayer for Shari Worthington's kindness and her daughter's back problem...but if I prayed to ask my God for anything which I don't, as I personally find it disingenuous to ask God "for" things, but if I did, one thing I would ask for is that Larry and people like him "get a grip on reality."
Tom Lang, Director of KnowThyNeighbor.org